Crew Leader/CTSP Profiles

CTSP Spurs New Ideas for Angus Barnhart-Usedom

During a line-clearance training session for a group of community-college students last winter, trainer Angus Barnhart-Usedom encountered a student wary of chain saws. “I realized I had to switch up my teaching style for a timid person. You sometimes come across someone for whom you need to adjust to accommodate their style of learning. They […]

Training Helps John Talkington Set High Standards

John Talkington’s career as an engineer has involved much safety training, so he was naturally drawn to TCIA’s Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program. The program helps tree care managers develop skills they can use as safety “coaches” for their crews, and helps them create and foster a safe work environment. Talkington’s motivation for earning […]

My Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP) Journey

In the fall of 2014, I was a sophomore at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. Much like any 19-year-old, I did not know what I wanted to do in my career. I was fortunate to have two roommates who were enrolled in the Safety and Occupational Health and Applied Sciences (SOHAS) program. They […]

Lost in Translation: Leo Roldan Helps Spanish-Speaking Arborists Comprender

Leo Roldan is un hombre en una misión, a man on a mission. As district safety-trainer coordinator in Mamaroneck, New York, for SavATree, a 35-year TCIA member company headquartered in Bedford, N.Y., he oversees training for the district’s arborists, many of whom are Spanish speaking. He earned his Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) credential 10 […]

CTSP Helps Karen Tull Promote Safety Engagement in Line Clearance

“We’re trying to establish that this is a safety industry doing tree work, rather than a tree industry doing safety work,” Karen Tull says of her work as a vegetation-management inspector with Gulf Interstate Field Services in northern and central California. “That verbiage really helps,” she says, with the contract crews she oversees providing line […]

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